Malaysian media has reported that the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has scrapped the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT 3 or Circle Line) project due to the country’s current spending cuts. At a reported cost of some RM45bn, the project consisted of 32km of parallel tunnels and 30+ stations.
Former Land Public Transport Commission chairman Syed Hamid Albar was also reported as being in support of the decision saying now “wasn’t the right time.”
“We already have MRT1 and MRT2, and the cost of these projects is quite high, so there’s no need to accelerate MRT3,” he said, reported Free Malaysia Today.
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) had begun preparation works on MRT 3, which was due to become operational in 2025. The New Straits Times reported earlier this year that Turnkey bids from three local consortiums, and one Chinese consortium, had been submitted for the MRT Line 3.
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